3-D Printer: Now at Tech

JENN TERRELL/THE ARKA TECH 3d printer, located on the 3rd floor of the library
JENN TERRELL/THE ARKA TECH 3d printer, located on the 3rd floor of the library
JENN TERRELL/THE ARKA TECH 3d printer, located on the 3rd floor of the library

The Millennium Falcon from Star Wars and the Eiffel Tower are just a few of the 3-D printed replicas on display by the new 3-D printer in the Ross Pendergraft Library.

The printer was purchased to expose students to growing technology, according to the Office of Information Systems (OIS).

“It’s one thing to read about technology, but another to experience and use it firsthand,” said Steve Milligan, associate director of OIS for networked systems and director of the technology center.

Students can create their own designs using 3-D imaging software or download free designs from thingiverse.com; all designs can be submitted to the OIS for printing. The cost for printing will be charged based on the weight, in grams, of the material used. Most small to medium designs will cost around $3, according to the OIS.

“It has certainly generated a lot of interest, and we are excited to see students inspired to create their own designs,” said Milligan.

Emily Geels, freshman agriculture education major from Fort Smith, said she has stopped to check out the 3-D printer three different times on her way to class.
“Most students know that the technology of 3-D printers exist, but it is something they don’t usually get the chance to see,” Geels said.